Good morning, folks. The Toronto Raptors are one win away from the NBA Finals. Let’s talk NBA Playoffs.
(2) Raptors – 105 @ (1) Bucks – 99 (TOR leads 3-2)
- So this is a turn not many expected. After falling in a 0-2 hole following the first two games in Milwaukee, thoughts of another postseason collapse surfaced into the minds of every Toronto citizen. The exact same script that doomed the Raptors year after year was playing out once again, just replace the lead villain of LeBron James with Giannis Antetokounmpo. But Kawhi Leonard is a different type of protagonist than say DeMar DeRozan. One presumably built deep in the basement of David Stern’s laboratory.
- What Leonard did in Game 5 – and throughout this entire postseason – was drag his mortal teammates through a three-game winning streak and one game from the NBA Finals. Leonard posted 35 points, seven rebounds, and nine assists while knocking down five of his eight three-point attempts. He was magical once again, during a time when his team and new city needed him the most. The most mysterious man in the NBA has been hiding a serious knack for demoralizing entire fanbases. But he’s letting it all out en route to the NBA Finals.
- ”I’m not afraid of the moment,” Leonard said. ”This is what I work out for in the summer. I’m just trying to win. It’s a matter of me being aggressive and don’t shy away from anything.”
- Milwaukee had only suffered back-to-back losses once all season before Game 4 and never lost three straight before Thursday night. The Bucks held a 10-point lead after the first 12 minutes and it ultimately ballooned to 14 before the Raptors brought the game back for a halftime score of 49-46 favoring Milwaukee. The game was tied at 93 with under three minutes left before a Fred Van Vleet triple gave Toronto the lead and ultimately the victory. Antetokounmpo added 24 points for the Bucks while Malcolm Brogdon contributed another 18 points and 11 rebounds. Eric Bledsoe played a much better game than he had in previous outings, although still not exactly up to his standards. He finished with 20 points on 6-14 shooting from the field but missed five of his seven attempts from deep (why does he keep shooting threes???). Behind Leonard’s 35 and seven triples from the former Wichita State guard, Van Vleet, Toronto is now one home win away from advancing to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history.
- Also, just listen to this dude’s deadpan humor. I want to know so badly what software goes in that computerized brain of his.
Kawhi Leonard just kept it so real after the game ???pic.twitter.com/YJmRURMMP7
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) May 24, 2019
- I’m all here for the Raptors winning this series and advancing to face the Warriors, but there isn’t anything on this entire world that would exemplify the tragedy of Toronto basketball more than Milwaukee winning these next two games. If it does, it’ll likely happen in embarrassing fashion, too. I don’t make these rules, people, I just follow the ordinance of NBA law. Remember… No one is immune from these jokes.
- Also, Drake was everywhere – again – and being weird with young girls on social media – again.
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||99-105 L vs. TOR||20||6-14 (2-7)||4||2||0||0||4||+5||33|
|Jodie Meeks (TOR)||105-99 W @ MIL||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
SATURDAY IN THE NBA
8:30 (TNT): Bucks (Bledsoe) @ Raptors (Meeks) (TOR leads 3-2)